It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Domestic violence exists in many forms and can be referred to by different names. It is also called abuse, intimate partner violence, and if there is a combination of sexual and physical violence in a relationship, it may be called intimate partner sexual violence.
Domestic violence can be more than physical abuse against a partner. It also includes emotional abuse like name calling and criticizing. Another form of abuse is financial where one partner controls all of the finances or withholds access to financial information. A fourth kind of abuse is spiritual in which one partner uses religion to justify their controlling behavior (saying something like “the bible says I can treat you this way”), or the abusive person may ridicule your religious or spiritual beliefs. Sexual abuse is a fifth type of abuse that involves non-consensual, unwanted sexual behavior. Technological abuse is another behavior perpetrators use to control and monitor their victims. Technological abuse involves harassment, stalking, intimidation, and threats to harm someone through the use of technology such as by text, cell phones, email, or social media.
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If you’re not ready for counseling but need someone to talk to you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit www.TheHotline.org